Transformers shaping up for Cartoon Network

not being able to share the Transformers movie with my kids due to the film’s rating (and violence). My son, in particular, was crushed. For about five minutes. Then he saw something shiny and forgot all about it. (He is his mother’s son, after all.)

I suspect he’ll be thrilled to learn that Transformers: Animated will be debuting on Cartoon Network this Fall. Hey, it’s Transformers, it’s Cartoon Network; what’s not to like? In my son’s universe, that’s pretty much a recipe for success, right there.

If you’re not a natural-born Transformers fan, or you’re skeptical about the series for some reason, here’s something you might find interesting: There are plenty of familiar names from Teen Titans at the helm of the new series.

Matt Youngberg (Teen Titans, The Batman) will be the new series’ supervising director while Derrick Wyatt (Teen Titans, Legion of Superheroes) is providing the character designs and Cartoon Network VP Sam Register will produce. notes that another Titans alum is on board:

Although no dates have been given for the show’s debut, Tara Strong’s site says it’ll be out shortly after the big movie this year. Tara says she’ll be voicing “Sari”, one of the show’s regulars (who she notes is “not a Transformer … just a little girl!”).

As for the feel of the series… well, that’s being kept under wraps, for now.

Little is known about the new series except for the fact that it will take place in a future era during which humans and robots both inhabit the Earth. Optimus Prime (supposedly now a fire truck) and Megatron will be featured in the new series, which reportedly features a brand new look for the long-lived Transformers characters.

Hmmmm, let me see. Will it involve… transformers? Yes, you say? Well then I’m thinking it’ll be a smash hit amongst most of the boys I know. Robots in disguise; that’s good entertainment. Just ask my son. Though I hope you have an hour to listen to him talk, if you do.

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